Yes, robot mops are a thing now. Robot vacuums might be more popular, but it takes a slightly more advanced system for a technology to do wet cleaning than dry suction. However, robot vacuum features like smart navigation and scheduling is not yet available with robot mops, since their development is still in the early phases. Most people don’t have a large square footage to have a need for automated mopping.
But we all know that sweeping and vacuuming will never be enough – mopping and making use of water and cleaning agents is what makes a floor truly clean. It will only be a matter of time before more people would appreciate the convenience of a robot wet scrubber. For those like you who are caught in the market early, here are some of the best robot mops available today:
1. Eufy RoboVac 11
The Eufy RoboVac 11 is an entry-level robot vacuum, but earned the top spot because it can clean just as well as other higher-end models. If you’re on a budget and you want to keep your floors clean with minimal effort, this one’s the best robot vacuum to pick. This model is quiet, efficient and can work continuously up to 1.5 hours at full charge. It is simple to use as you can either press the Auto button to get started, or use the remote control with a directional pad and play/pause button at the center. It might not be accessible through Wi-Fi control or any advanced navigation, the RoboVac 11 performs as well as the others at nearly half the price.
2. iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop
If you need to tackle more ground, the iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop is your best option. This robot mop can cover up to 350 square feet in damp mode, and 1000 square feet in dry mode. While the Jet 240 uses a jet spray, the 280t uses a reusable microfiber cloth and water stored in a tank for cleaning, making it ideal for hardwood floors. It uses Northstar Navigation system, which is like an indoor GPS that helps track its location, build a map of the area to clean and avoid obstacles. However, unlike robot vacuums, it can’t be scheduled, so you need to turn it on manually whenever you need to use it. And like the Jet 240, it doesn’t automatically charge itself.
3. ILIFE V7S Pro
The ILIFE V7S Pro is a 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop. It is equipped with a 450mL water tank that can be attached if you want to use it as a mop, and a 500 mL dry bin if you want to use it as a vacuum. All in all, it is capable of three functions: dry mopping, wet mopping and vacuuming. The V7S Pro has the biggest water tank of all robot mops, allowing it to cover a larger area. Plus, it also gives users an option to schedule mopping through a remote control. It doesn’t perform as well as the mopping motion of a Braava robot mop, but it can go back to its dock after it is finished mopping.
4. ILIFE V5s
If you’re looking for a vacuum/mop combo, the ILIFE V5s is one of the best. Buyers loved its ability to suck pet hair and its efficiency in spot cleaning using the mop setting. This model can do vacuuming, mopping and sweeping, all in one body. It is programmable, and schedules can also be set, unlike the iRobot mops. Like other combo robot vacuums and mops, the V5s can charge itself. However, this device is only ideal for light maintenance cleaning, since it can only work as a damp mop (no wet mop function). And as a robot vacuum, it lacks smart navigation to mark boundaries.
5. bObsweep PetHair Plus
A great choice for a combination vacuum/mop robot for households with pets is the bObsweep PetHair Plus. As a vacuum, it has superb suction power to deal with pet hair and scraps. It can suck up even the most stubborn hairballs. As a mop, it can tackle spills and muddy paw prints. However, it isn’t ideal for serious mopping and cleansing; it’s only great for quick cleanup and touchup of floors. This unit can be controlled using the remote, and when set-up properly, it can return to the dock itself when it’s low on battery. But for its price, most people will expect for a Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone control, which this unit is lacking.